The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 78

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

The big news this week is that for the first time ever, I broke open a bucket of wheat and milled my own flour.  This was all done as part of the testing of my new WonderMill Grain Mill.  I am so excited about this I can hardly contain myself.  So far I have ground up tow “loads” of flour and made two loaves of bread.

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Now here is the deal.  I have a review coming up on August 27th and a also giveaway for a free WonderMill.  Now how cool is that?

I ordered two new books this week:  Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate by  John Kallas  and The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden by Ivette Soler.  Hopefully I will have time to read them give you a brief review before summer is over.

The scariest thing I did this week is cut my own hair!  Yep.  I trimmed my own hair just to prove I could do.  This is not something I want to make a habit of but thought I better give it a shot – talk about walking the walk.

I did a whole bunch of other things this week while Shelly (aka the Survival Husband) has been gone.  I kind-of sort-of fixed the dishwasher that was coming out of its slot I the cupboard and I fixed the refrigerator door that was getting stuck on open.  It just goes to show you that girly girls can and do figure things out.  Seriously though, I needed more practice doing household repairs so I just rolled up my sleeves, figuratively, and did it!

Okay, enough about me.  Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.


Alfredo Moser: Bottle light inventor proud to be poor:  This is very cool.  Alfredo Moser’s invention is lighting up the world. In 2002, the Brazilian mechanic had a light-bulb moment and came up with a way of illuminating his house during the day without electricity – using nothing more than plastic bottles filled with water and a tiny bit of bleach.  Hat tip to Larry M!

Is online gun training OK? States split:  A just-passed Colorado law says yes and has banned online-only training for permits. Some other states say getting trained online is just fine.  And here in my own state (Washington State), you simply need to undergo a background check.

Newly Discovered Eighth Grade Exam From 1912 Shows How Dumbed Down America Has Become:  I took a look at the exam and cripes, I could not answer some of the questions.  I thought I was smart and well educated.  Could you pass this 1912 test?

The Secret GOOD NEWS from Fukushima:  It is hard to believe that anything good could have come from the Fukushima meltdown.

Colorado Vault Is Fort Knox For The World’s Seeds:  When unapproved genetically modified wheat was found growing in Oregon earlier this year, it didn’t take long for accusations to start flying. A flurry of initial finger-pointing cast potential blame on a federal seed vault in Fort Collins, Colo., which housed the same strain of wheat, developed by Monsanto Corp., for about seven years up until late 2011.

Betty’s Buttermilk Rye Bread:  I am not a big fan of rye bread but this looks delicious.  Common Sense Homesteading is one of my favorite websites.

Wal-Mart drop in sales reveals a tale of two consumers:  I have maintained for quite some time that the PTD wants to create a classed society. It does not take rocket science to figure out that two-thirds of those with more than $180,000 a year in income say they “feel good about how much money they have to spend”.  I can only dream about having that type of income.


From “Doc” comes this tip to keep in mind when putting together your survival pack:

Also consider personal hygiene issues, as they can lead to some serious nastiness. I would recommend a small shovel, toilet tissue, feminine hygiene products, and hand sanitizer at a minimum. Several trash bags for long term survival situations are necessary, as well. Baby wipes work in a pinch, are cheap, don’t take up too much room and are a good way to wash your body when there is no running water. A thick paste of baby powder and water will wash the odor causing bacteria from smelly feet and arm pits also!


I have had a few emails from reading expressing an interest in printing our articles without all of the graphics.  Easy peasy.  At the bottom of each article are two little icons, one for printing and the other for creating a pdf.  Using these icons, you can print an article without photos and graphics, saving yourself a ton of toner.


You all know my pal George Ure, right?  He has been my BFF since 1971 and I am helping him build a Facebook presence so if you do Facebook and are a fan of George, head on over to and like his page.

While you are at it, jump on over and like my Facebook page and follow me on Pinterest too.


Boy do I have a blooper for you this week.  I tried making my own DIY cleaning wipes and DIY makeup wipes.  The recipes I tried used paper towels.  Just to be clear, I do not normally use paper towels and and, for that matter, I do not use store bought wipes either.  But fair enough, I know lots of people do.

What a mess.  I did not have a container large enough to store the paper towels that I had dutifully cut in half (with my kitchen knife) and even then, the wipes themselves came out rough and sloppy.  Sorry, I am going to take a pass on this one.

Are there alternatives?  Sure thing.  Watch for my “Castile Soap Wonderful” post on Tuesday.  It is going to be a good one.


Can you believe that Fall is right around the corner?  I don’t know about you but I spent way too much time indoors this summer – something I need to remedy for sure next year.

Before closing today I have to ask:  What did you do to prep this week?  And until, next time, remember to make every day a prep day!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin: For your discernment, hear are the some of the items mentioned in today’s Buzz plus another preview of the Amazon Top 10.

WonderMill Grain Mill:  There is a giveaway coming up but if you just can’t wait, here is the fabulous WonderMill.  There is also a manual version, the Wondermill Jr Hand Mill.

The Edible Front Yard: I actually do grow veggies in my front yard and the homeowners police have said nary a word.  My space is so limited that I hope to get some additional ideas from this book.

Emergency Fire Starter:  Hugely popular with my readers, this inexpensive magnesium emergency fire starter will do the job for less than $5.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter:  At only 2 ounces (in weight), the LifeStraw is suitable for a backpack or bug out bag.  It is easy to use and requires no chemicals to remove a  minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria.

Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord:  Pick your poison, color-wise, just be aware that some colors are more expensive than others.  What to do with Paracord?  Read: 44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival.

Tinder-Quik Fire Tabs:  There are times when your DIY fire starting materials may not be available.  These fire tabs will fit the bill nicely.

Chainmate Survival Pocket Chain Saw With Pouch:  This is a survival chain saw that includes a belt loop pouch. Here is what one of the reviewers said: “This thing EATS wood and weighs nothing!! It takes a little bit of effort but you can chew through a hardwood tree half a foot thick in literally a couple minutes; half that if you use two people (one on each end).”

Cyalume SnapLight Industrial Grade Chemical Light Sticks:  You know how I love my light sticks.  Keep them in drawers next to the bed, your kitchen junk drawer, your car, your backpack – everywhere.  Read:  Lighting Your Way With Chemical Lighting.

DIY Superpal Combo KitShop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.

One item I can recommend available is their Do It Yourself SuperPail Combo. It includes 6 x 6-Gallon Buckets with Lids, 6 x Metallized Storage Bags and a 10-Pack of Large Oxygen Absorbers.

Don’t forget that you do not need fancy equipment to seal the metalized bag. A cheap hair iron will do the job.

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I found one of these nifty little credit card tools on Amazon for $1.31 with free shipping. This tiny little survival tool is no bigger than a business card and fits right in your wallet, so you’ll always have it on you.  It includes the following tools:

Can Opener
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4 Position Wrench
Wing-nut Wrench
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Keychain Hole

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The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 78 — 18 Comments

  1. We don’t always know who’s coming to visit or when and don’t use the porch light often due to bugs and all, so we installed an inexpensive motion detector “flood” light on the corner of the house. Whenever anyone or anything enters our driveway after dark, it goes on and lights the driveway and the porch. Great for security, too! I’m learning to do herbal meds at home so I also decanted the Feverfew Tincture that has been macerating for two months and used my herb press to get every last POTENT drop. That’s what I did to prep this week.

  2. I was looking at knives online and in the store. Also been watching YouTube videos, when it dawned on me, “I have a knife here I’ve used for 40 years, in the kitchen, while camping, I know how to use it, how to throw it if need be, how to sharpen it”…… why buy a new one? So now I’m working on a sheath to carry it. I’ll be making it from Duck Tape so if I need the tape for something else, I’ll have some. 😉 hehehe this means I’ll be carrying 2 knives now or perhaps 3 for different needs but I like knives better than guns. 🙂

    • Dee – You might also consider wrapping the handle with some Paracord. That will help with grip and add to functionality. I too, am good with my kitchen knives. I have some Gerbers that are over 35 years old and they still sharpen up perfectly.

  3. What did I do this week ? I had ordered Moringa tree seeds from Amazon (for those of you that don’t know what they are, try googling). After receiving them, I planted 8 seeds. I had 3 to germinate, and when they got about 8 inches tall, I transplanted one to bottom half of a plastic 55 gal barrel to put in my greenhouse. It is doing great. Today I will be transplanting one into the largest planter I could get at Lowes last night to try to grow in my living room. Yes, girly girl, I am excited. At my age, it don’t take to much to get me excited..

    • I got this for Wikipedia. “Much of the plant is edible by humans or by farm animals. The leaves are rich in protein, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and minerals.”

      Please tell us how you plan to use the plants yourself. The girly girl wants to know.

  4. What did I do this week? My neice and her three chillden came up from the eastern part of the state. Selena went to camp for the week and broke her ankle and foot the first day there so we picked her up and took her to specialist and had her seen and returned her to camp until Friday where we picked her up and took her to MN to have surgery on her foot. The rest of the week, the other children and their Mom, Grandpa, great-grandma and I went fishing and did other things to keep everyone busy. They left this morning to go home. I am sad but know that I will see them again soon.

  5. My prep this week was to use the herbs and oil that has been infusing for almost a month and create a healing herbal salve with plantain, comfrey, lavender and rosemary and added in Vit E and Tea Tree oil. This is very good for scratches, scrapes, bug bites, red spots and itching. Also started on the winter garden.

  6. When I had enough of a squeaky frig , vehicle or front door, and I didn’t have WD, I used olive oil and even cooking spray…..or vaseline. :+)
    Even used A&D ointment in the past…..and I could probably use the Coconut Oil I just got in the mail to stockpile away.

  7. hmmm, not a lot in the prep debt. this week, but made some new healthy puppy treats-super easy liver treats. prepping for cabin addition, and company next weekend. some cleaning, re-organising, more inventory-I keep finding things I stashed here and there. fixing things for neighbors. so, guess I didnt have enough hours in the day, or hands to do any of my own. The month of Oct. , Nov. and Dec. will be project months since I will be stuck indoors, and I keep adding to my list. I am almost done reading ” “Desperate Times” by Nicholas Antinozzi. all I can say is ” Crazy!!

  8. This past week I added another bottle of eye drops to my medical preps. I have glaucoma and I am 4 months ahead of myself on my prescriptions. Actually, I’m probably about 8 months ahead, because 1 bottle lasts me about 2 months. I’m very careful with my drops. Also added benadryl in different forms. We have loved ones with severe allergies and I like to keep this on hand just in case. I’m also going to add some epi pens in the near future.
    There are so many things I need to add to our preps. But I try and focus on one area each week.
    Also added more dried tomatoes and canned tomato sauce. Can’t have too many tomato products!
    I did read World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler this week. It really reminded me of One Second After. I think I will try Desperate Times!

  9. Gaye, please explain how the give away for the Wondermill works.
    tell Deb, that there is a National shortage of some Epiniphirine drugs. So getting a epi-pen may be harder. Also they have a one year shelf life. And this is something I wouldn’t want to depending on if it becomes out dated. I’d do some research on alternatives for allergies.
    For my preps I got a Med-Surgical nursing book, that my friend will no longer use as she has a newer edition. Information isn’t going to change that fast. If you know anyone who teaches in a field you are interested in, this is the time of year they get newer versions of books from publishers and discard the previous version.

  10. gaye have you been to Bobs Red Mill store in Milwaukie , Oregon. it’s easy to get to when you are in Portland. They have all kinds of flours, ground nuts, spices you name it. Also sell food storage supplies, and is a good place for breakfast or lunch. Now that you have a Wondermill, you should go there, it’s really fun.
    If you can’t visit you can go online for some products or get a catalogue. BRM products are sold all over the country.

  11. oh, just came from store and firgot the benedryl, well saturday if i can remember. Gaye, will stop by with some goodies for you and your books, ready for more. I keep going back and reading more. oh, and “Desparate Times, we better all pray this book foesnt come to fruition. it is broken ip into 3 books. makes my stonach ache sometimes.

  12. Benadryl is some nasty stuff. I wouldn’t take it for anything. Here’s just one article of many discussing how bad that stuff is for a person:

    I know of two people who had life long allergies and have practically eliminated the symptoms. Not sure what did it, it’s either from going mostly on a Primal Diet (often just 80/20) and/or from taking quality vitamins and minerals. [I suspect zinc and magnesium as being the prime helpers.]

    One person used to get severe sinus infections, and the whole works.
    The other person just suffered mildly from ragweed in the late Summer/early Fall, and from Springtime allergies.

    I hope that encourages someone to seek better solutions.

    Oh, and this week, I dragged someone out of the house to go for a walk. And, I’m making it a point to do so every evening, even if it’s only for a little while. Stop, drop what you’re doing, and get outside, this year.

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